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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

easyTree Uhh (170 comments)

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

So that they know who to send the "we realize you're not getting decent healthcare but come to China and have that rectified asap" letters?

3 days ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

easyTree Galaxy S4 (215 comments)

As a Galaxy S4 owner (yep, owned not leased on contract) I'm forced to have part of my phone taken over by HP's "Print Service Plugin" which may not be removed - this despite not owning (nor intending to) any HP devices.

Given this single data point, one can only speculate at the severity of crap-ware storm which rages when one willingly opts in to the HP universe.

*sigh* if only rants could fix problems.

4 days ago
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US City Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

easyTree Is this to be... (1 comments)

...swiftly followed by one outlawing remotely murdering people using drones?

4 days ago
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

easyTree Re: Women should earn more than men. (98 comments)

"Your ancestors treated them like shit" is a good excuse if those ancestors are still alive. If the ancestors paid no compensation then who does?

At the same time, the idea that persons A are made to suffer as recompense for their ancestors' actions, over which they had (literally) zero control so that persons B may benefit seems harsh.

Although, I guess suffering is relative when persons A have benefited greatly from the compound interest on the value of stolen land over the last few hundred years.

4 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

easyTree 302 (249 comments)

A 302 to play.google,com? :P

about a week ago
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US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules

easyTree Re:Quickly now, tell us about the breach. (19 comments)

One would assume that this would be basic common sense.

Tune in tomorrow when we'll bring the results of the multi-billion dollar, decades-long study on how best to drink a glass of water.

about a week ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

easyTree Re:Overages and legal liability (110 comments)

When someone uses your connection excessively in the opinion of your ISP, watch "an choice" become "an bill". Or when someone uses your connection for copyright infringement or child pornography, watch "an choice" become "an lawsuit" or "an criminal charge".

When someone does the same over your secured connection, either because you shared your password with the wrong friends, someone guessed your password, or you got hacked, good luck explaining to a jury that it's possible for others to use your secured connection.

Nooooo. He has a one-to-one identity-relation with his IP address; the music industry told me.

about two weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

easyTree Re:Open WiFi (110 comments)

All it does is say you have something to hide

It's a sign of the times that this is considered wrong / bad / anti-NSAmerikkkan.

Unwash ur brain.

about two weeks ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

easyTree Re:Sorry, had to be asked (110 comments)

I can haz internetz?

I can haz lotz EM radiation thru ma hed.

about two weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

easyTree AR-15 (219 comments)

Ideal for home defence.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

easyTree Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

Indeed - one use of IQ tests - demoralize a section of society in to accepting whatever BS no-one else will accept.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

easyTree Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

Simply give any potential employees the option of a marshmallow now or waiting a period of time to receive two marshmallows. At the very least we should use this procedure to test our police force for poor impulse control.

I'd propose option (c), no marshmallows - at all; I really dislike marshmallows.

about two weeks ago
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US Intelligence Wants Tools To Tell: Who's the Smartest of Them All?

easyTree Re:What makes them think this is even possible? (162 comments)

hings like willpower, dedication, creativity, work ethic, etc... all play
into whether someone is successful at accomplishing tasks. I don't see how a brain scanner is going to
accomplish this or how it would be any better than existing testing methods

In the sense that they've not had a budget request for this type of project before and have demonstrated considerable creativity in coming up with this potentially-everlasting think-of-the-kids style project? Did I win?

about two weeks ago
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UK Spy Agency Certifies Master's Degrees In Cyber Security

easyTree Course outline (45 comments)

Module 1) Welcome to Cybersecurity

Module 2) Catching Julian Assange

Module 3) Not going after easyTree ...

about three weeks ago
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San Francisco Airport Testing Beacon System For Blind Travelers

easyTree Re:Let's look at facts (61 comments)

If others like you hadn't tried to opt out of providing you with a moral education, you wouldn't be asking this question.

about three weeks ago

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Why is SlashDot serving 480x400 'ads' claiming 'drivers are out of date' ?

easyTree easyTree writes  |  about 4 months ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "It's not enough that these are blatantly a malware delivery vector but they are HUGE and placed above the site's navigation bar, thus pushing the site itself so far down the page as to be almost off the screen when the site load.

Seriously? This makes the whole beta thing pale into insignificance.

Also, the poor grammar is making my eyes hurt. The least you could do is to take some basic style-tips on use of capitalization within your trojan-delivery ads — it would make them OH so much more appealing.

Thanks."

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Cardiff City Council sets new low

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 4 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "

At little more than the length of a single bicycle, the £2,000 road marking has left cyclists in Cardiff bemused. The feature, thought to be the shortest cycle lane in Britain, has been installed to encourage green transport. Cardiff Council claims that it will help riders safely navigate a turn on a new road layout. But riders in the city say the brevity of the red and white marked stretch of road renders it pointless. Kevin Hughes, 47, a cyclist from the Welsh city, said: "It's just hilarious. I saw it as I was cycling past and couldn't believe my eyes. Obviously nobody could cycle in it because it is so small. You just have time to get in the saddle before getting off again."

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a day out with the police

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree (1042254) writes "Today (Well, Monday) I wrote my first blog entry ( http://easytreeblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/day-out-with-police.html ). Or rather it started as almost a personal diary-entry describing my unexpected day out with the police, to be used as a reference point for later.

My question to slashdot is.. What should I do?

On the one hand.. It could have been worse
On the other, why let it happen to someone else?

Could I make a difference by speaking-out? Should I feel obligated to? Am I a whiney little bitch and should learn to love it?
Note: starts slowly..."

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Ordinary people are second-class citizens

easyTree easyTree writes  |  more than 6 years ago

easyTree writes "Most of us might be under the illusion that justice is something which should be accessible to all, equally. Apparently not so:

Det Chief Insp Paul Maghie from Hertfordshire police's Crime Management Department says "The police will never give up efforts to find anybody on the run, but this case was particularly important because it was one of our own officers and we felt justice had not been done."


Just when was it that police officers became more important than the ordinary members of the public that they've sworn to protect? More generally, should we be concerned about our changing relationship with the many organizations originally set-up to grease the wheels of society?"

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